Mail Call for 11/10

November 10, 1999

Editor's note - Please be as brief as possible when calling Mail Call, The Daily Mail's reader call-in line.

Mail Call is not staffed on weekends or holidays so it is best to call Mail Call during the week. The Mail Call number is 301-791-6236.

You are welcome to leave a recorded message on any subject, but some calls will be screened out.

Here are some of the calls we have received lately:

"We would like to extend our congratulations to my grandson and nephew, Davey Wilson, who made the honor roll at Northern Middle School. We are really proud of you and we love you. From Grandma and Aunt Susan."

"If anyone has found a 'bolle' prescription sunglasses, dark frames with side tinting. Probably lost in the area of Hecht's, Sears, First Christian Church or Ames. Please call 301-733-0429."


"I am calling in response to the person who teaches their son his ABCs and 123s at home in the evening. My suggestion is that you should have taught him that before he even started school. My son is in his first year of school also and he knows how to spell and write his name, knows his ABCs and 123s, he can count to 100. I am a full-time mother and I have done this since he was a small child. So there is no excuse as to why you could not have done this before he entered school. You can't assume that your child's teacher is going to be able to teach this to your child. If you would just volunteer just once in a kindergarten class, you will see how much work is needed for the children who cannot count to 10, spell their name or anything. It is really sad that the parents couldn't take the time to work with their child before they started school."

"For all the people out there that are frustrated with the traffic in the 300 and 400 block of South Burhans Boulevard, it is getting more and more frustrating. Feel free to use Ridge Avenue going to the mall, it is a straight shot."

"This is about the children coming home with so much homework. One parent said that they don't have any family time with their child. Well, if they would come home, do their homework, eat their dinner with the family and then they would have a good two or three hours to spend with the family. I am sure that you don't put them in bed at 8 p.m. I have a 4-year-old and we can't get him in bed earlier than 9 p.m. and he goes to pre-K. About the parent who has to teach their child his ABCs, well, you could hold them back an extra year, if you feel that they are not ready for first or second grade. But you know it is your job to help your child learn these things."

"I went and picked up seven bags of leaves that are in the see-through bags to put them in my flower gardens. So if people want to get rid of their leaves, put them in the see-through bags and people will come and pick them up and get rid of them for you."

"To Robert Smoot, congratulations for doing so great in school. Keep up the good work. Love, Nanny and Pappy."

"I am not a teacher, I am a parent, I help my child at home with his homework because it is my job. We don't get paid like the teacher does. They get paid and we don't for doing the same thing. Some of the teachers do work 10 to 12 hours a day, but they get paid to do that. We need to work together and stop pointing fingers at whose job it is."

"I found a pair of prescription glasses on Woodland Way near Baptist Church. If you can identify, please call 301-797-9038."

"About the teacher who said that they have to teach the children their manners. These teachers are the ones that teach the kids to tell on their parents if they hit them or beat them because the kids got out of line. So they reaped what they sewed."

"I have been following this story about the teacher vs. the parent. There has always been homework and it seems to me that the young parents of today need to spend more time with their children, helping them with their homework. My mom and dad used to help me and that was the highlight of the evening. Stay home with the child and enjoy them. They are only going to be children for a short while. The teachers do a fine job. I am not a teacher and I don't have a teacher in the family, but they do a fine job."

"This is to the person who called in about one person surviving a car wreck and the other one dies. This was God's decision for both."

"To the person who called and said about one person living and one person dying in a car wreck. God is with you all the time, no matter if it is death or life. I don't believe that the person who lived was any better than the person who died. He or she shouldn't blame themselves for what happened. God saved that person for a reason. He had plans for them and he has a purpose here on earth. There is a reason for everything God does. I know because I have been going through the same thing with my fianc. Time does heal all wounds and God bless you."

"I live at Potomac Towers. Please do something about those dumb crows."

"Concerning Dr. Edward W. Ditto III and his retirement. Many residents will certainly miss all the wonderful services he has provided over the years. A heartfelt farewell is in order."

"This is the guy who has the stamp collection. My number is 301-733-3780."

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